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Four Loko Lurks at High School Parties
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Four Loko Lurks at High School Parties

Most of us remember the high school party movies of the 80s. Party mischief included making a dream girl out of a doll, the most popular girl in school getting a bad haircut and an entrepreneurial freshman flashing an upper classman’s panties for a buck a peep. 

Unfortunately, it’s not the 80s.

High school parties today involve a whole new breed of drugs and alcohol, including Four Loko, nicknamed by some, “blackout in a can.”

At a recent high school party in St. John’s County, one party goer experienced firsthand the dangers of Four Loko, according to her father who asked to remain anonymous. It took only half a can of the energy-charged, alcoholic beverage to trigger the blackout effect for one unlucky teen, he said.

With no adults present, the teen was left to fend for herself, impaired, wavering in and out of consciousness, he said. A headache, shakes and nausea the next day were not the only repercussions this teen faced. While under the influence of Four Loko, a male school mate took advantage of her, the father said.

 “I am determined to fight this beverage company and to help never let this happen to a child or anyone again,” he said in a letter to First Coast News.

In November 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to beverage manufactures of caffeinated alcoholic beverages, including Four Loko. In the weeks leading up to the FDA ruling, many college students and business stockpiled the drink creating a black market. Four Loko changed its recipe and stocked shelves with the revised version in December 2010.

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